If you’re looking for somewhere to meet for a casual date, or to just catch up with a friend who moved upstate last year and hasn’t been back since, Barcha is the spot. Order a signature cocktail like the Za’atar Paloma or one of their many beers, then go for anything on the menu that comes with the tangy avocado poblano sauce. Two good options: the marvelously crunchy chicken wings coated in sweet-and-spicy harissa honey or the fried chicken jibarito, which replaces soft buns with tostones.
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